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Barren, Charles

(1913-1999) UK teacher and author, best known for historical romances and co-author with Richard Cox Abel of Trivana I (1966), in which an overpopulated Earth uses the titular Spaceship to establish a Venus colony; he also scripted a sf drama, "The Planet of the Ants", for ITV in 1978. He was chairman of the Science Fiction Foundation from its inception in 1970 until his retirement in 1980, subsequently serving as its Honorary Administrator 1980-1984, materially helping in its survival before ...

Star Wars: Clone Wars

US animated tv series (2003-2005). Cartoon Network Studios, Lucasfilm. Developed and directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, based on characters created by George Lucas. Writers include Darrick Bachman and Genndy Tartakovsky. Voice cast includes Nick Jameson, Mat Lucas, Richard McGonagle and James Arnold Taylor. Twenty mostly four-minute episodes (seasons 1 and 2) and five mostly thirteen-minute episodes (season 3). Colour. / This series focuses on Anakin Skywalker (Lucas), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Taylor) ...

Masters of Horror

US tv series (2006-2008). Production companies include IDT Entertainment, Industry Entertainment and Nice Guy Productions for Showtime. Created by Mick Garris. Executive producers include Keith Addis, Morris Berger and Mick Garris. Directors include Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper and Lucky McKee. Writers include Stuart Gordon, Sam Hamm, Sean Hood and Richard Christian Matheson. Cast includes Angela Bettis, Sean Patrick Flanery, Ezra Godden, Elliott Gould, Jason Priestly and Susanna ...

Cat from Outer Space, The

US film (1978). Walt Disney Productions (see The Walt Disney Company), Buena Vista Distribution. Directed by Norman Tokar. Written by Ted Key. Cast includes Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, Roddy McDowall, Harry Morgan, William Prince and Ronnie Schell. 104 minutes. Colour. / Minor, light-hearted comedy in which a cat (voiced by Schell) who is a spacefaring Alien crashes in the USA and needs $120,000 dollars' worth of gold to repair his Spaceship, now in the custody of the US government with its ...

Cowan, James

(1841-1906) US author and journalist whose sf novel, Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World (1896), features an ambulatory Moon which after falling into the Pacific Ocean makes it possible for the narrator of the tale, with companions, to fly to Mars in a Balloon, where they discover a new defence of Christianity in the form of parallel Evolution and multiple incarnations of Christ. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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